LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Demand for water in Long Beach dipped
to a 10-year low as residents heeded a citywide call to conserve
water and responded to higher rates.
The Long Beach Water Department issued a report this week that
showed water demand was 9.2 percent below the 10-year average.
Customers used 6,368 acre-feet less water this fiscal year than the
year before. An acre-foot refers to about how much water a family
of four typically uses in a year.
In September 2007, the department declared that a water shortage
was imminent and urged conservation. Under the declaration,
residents couldn't wash their driveways with a garden hose and
restaurants were barred from serving customers a glass of water
unless they ask for it.
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